The start of the 2017 season is just days away, but it appears that we’ll have a bit more offseason news before the tours kick into gear.
On Tuesday, Ana Ivanovic announced on Twitter that she’ll be “sharing something important with you live” on Wednesday.
My dear fans & supporters. Pls tune in to my Facebook page tomorrow at 6pm UK time, where I'll be sharing something important with you live. pic.twitter.com/qRwf16kw4a— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) December 27, 2016
The announcement will be made on Ivanovic’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. UK time (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).
On Facebook, the Serb noted that she will be streaming her news online.
So what will the announcement be? Is she pregnant with husband Bastian Schweinsteiger, who she married back in July?
Will she … gulp … retire?
Speculation has been running rampant all day.
She isn't retiring due to injury with this smile, right? @AnaIvanovic— José Morgado (@josemorgado) December 27, 2016
Last time we thought someone was going to retire, live, we were horribly wrong. Not this time, I don't think.— DavidLaw (@DavidLawTennis) December 27, 2016
Think Ivanovic is done. https://t.co/GWmHwsastg
@AnaIvanovic you're pregnant arent you...— Kashan Ali (@KashanAli_1) December 27, 2016
@AnaIvanovic are you pregnant????— Betül Sarıkaya (@Betiil_s) December 27, 2016
According to Jose Morgado, a tennis reporter based in Portugal, Ivanovic has pulled out of the ASB Classic in Auckland, which is held from Jan. 2 – Jan. 7. He also reported that, just last week, the former French Open champion denied rumors that she was pregnant.
Retirement would come as a surprise, considering Ivanovic is just 29 years old and would appear to have plenty of excellent tennis ahead of her. The former world No. 1 is not quite the superstar she once was, though.
She’s fallen all the way down to No. 63 after a season in which she went just 15-16 and didn’t win a title. She lost six first-round matches and made it past the quarterfinals at just one tournament.
Ivanovic ended the season on a five-match losing streak.